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Monday, August 31st, 2015 09:59 am
It's going to take me a while to get through these stories.  There are 39 of them of amazing quality.

To begin,

Fit To Be Tied, written for me, crack cross over in which, courtesy of Anansi the spider trickster, Susan romps through various fictional places dealing with a spider with a sense of humor,

The Rule of Threes Raid, also written for me, Susan is inserted into North Africa to mislead the Nazis about the upcoming invasion of the "soft underbelly of Europe" (a crossover with Rat Patron, which you don’t need to know at all), canon Narnia and my own The Stone Gryphon series

The Case of the Descending Debutante, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace, still with Harold and Alberta, post DT, invade Greece on a humanitarian mission with guest appearance by paratrooper Susan, is hilarious, amazing fun,

Chain of pearls (anklets of light) a beautiful, visual story about Eustace and faith as he visits India, and comes to see how elephants in Hinduism allows him to better understand the Lion in his own life, . Aspects of the Narnian fandom can be horribly critical of non-Christian belief systems, asserting that non-Christians have no business enjoying the Chronicles except as a path to Christian evangelization -- ironic given the popularity of the stories worldwide. For its respectful portrayal of another belief system, this story is multi-cultural gem and Eustace is the perfect voice and vehicle for it.

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Friday, August 14th, 2015 10:22 pm
Inspired by my trip to Nova Scotia, I posted the first chapter of a three part story, The Star Husband.  It's on AO3 and FF.net.  The first chapter is Polly and Richard, and elaborates further on some short things I posted here several years ago. 

I need to work on the NFE now then I'll finish it up.  I have a lot of thoughts about it, particularly this characterization of Richard in the prime of his physical and intellectual life, 20 years before the start of TSG.  Some reviewers have pointed out some great things and questions, which I will answer once I'm not traveling.  Great stuff, some of which I intended and some of which I didn't.  I've always been kinda on the fence about Richard and I know some of that ambivalence comes out.  He's so enthusiastic and pedal to the metal, so focused, and so appreciative of things, it's a joy, but he IS manipulative. 

The story that Rita tells of the Star Husband is one that I saw in the Halifax Museum of Natural History.  I've had real problems finding it elsewhere and I'm a little worried that it's not a geunine Mi'kmaq story.  I did eventually find it, in the exact same format as it appeared in the museum.  So, I dunno.  When I read it, I immediately thought of Narnian stories and the importance of stars and so wanted to highlight a little bit of this First Nations culture. 

If you are interested, I hope you enjoy it.

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015 07:07 pm
So, I've been traveling and completely forgot to signal boost the Narnia Fic Exchange.  Sign ups close on Sunday and there are also sign ups for betas and pinch hitters.  It's awesome.  [personal profile] snacky  and [personal profile] aurilly are running it and you should really go play.
Sign ups are here and here on AO3.
Beta offers are here
Pinch hit offers are here

And I guess remix reveals are this weekend.  I mentioned I had 2 stories.  Been a bit of a bust, I guess, but if you can guess which ones I did, I'll write something!

Also, I visited the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and admit to rediscovering some inspiration from the great scientists who also found inspiration there.  So, I may try to pull something about that.  I'm not at all accustomed to walking a rocky shoreline and picking up fossils on the beach.  It was really amazing. (Just trying to figure out who would have gone there in TSG-verse?  Richard Russell?  With Polly?  With Mary?  Eustace? so many possibilities? in verse or AU verse?)  pay this no mind, move along, nothing to see here.  yet.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 09:09 am
Welp, I'm ages behind on everything, and  have been writing up a storm on the things that pay the mortgage.  Also, getting older sucks and I've been struggling with a whole string of health-related things.  Nothing overly serious, at least not yet, but all requiring management.

I fell into binge watching The Librarians, I love Agent Carter, got caught up on Elementary, which has been so strong this season and now reruns of Master Chef have been on BBC America so I've been working out at night to that. 
Also, FESTIVIDS are live, awesome and I love them
And Half-A-Moon is live, 14 days celebrating women in fandom, so GO FORTH and at least share links and recs!  I've not done anything yet.  I usually do at least rec list of a few fics I've enjoyed that are fem-oriented.


Blather about TSG, committment to update, and such )

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Sunday, December 16th, 2012 10:26 am
I posted Wandbreaker last night.  It is perhaps, too sweet for your tastes.  But  ‘tis the season and given the last couple of days here in the states I wanted something to drive the dark away. 

A huge thanks to Adaese [profile] adaese who suggested Edmund breaking his daughter’s fairy wand on Boxing Day and the invention of Peter’s constituency in Cowley – East Oxford.
More blather )

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012 11:10 pm
The previous entry and comments on the story erupted with a bunch of questions, so I'll try to address them there.

About Edmund )
About Susan )
Peter )
Lucy the rabble rouser )
About Miriam )
bits and pieces )

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 04:05 pm
So, thanks to Syrena, I posted about Tim the Pigeon and how Sir Peter Pevensie, Dame Commander Susan Pevensie Tebbitt Walker, the Right Honourable Edmund Pevensie, and Lucy Pevensie, MD, DD, partially solve a 70-year old mystery.  The story of Pigeon 40TW194 Reporting for Duty is here

For those who have followed along, it's obviously got lots of Food for Thought, The Stone Gryphon and its AU parts, Rat and Sword Go To War, and even a little of the Avengers cross-over.  Some of it is very light and humorous, other parts not as much.  There are mentions of a new character who I have referenced before, here, Miriam.  Mary and Colonel Walker-Smythe are mentioned, as well as Helen and that Susan was married to Tebbitt, who died. 

There are many articles on Tim the Pigeon and the efforts to decode the message.  Here's one.
Jedburgh teams are here and many other places, including some of my SOE books.
The Battle of Caen is here and here and there is also a whole series on it on You Tube.  The pictures are very, very grim. 
The men and women who died at the Caen prison on 6 June 1944 and the Museum for Peace are mentioned here and in other places like here.

So, yeah, not really expected, but there it is.  I hope you enjoy it and that it does not land with a thud as ominous as Tim's poor broken pigeon bones stuck in a chimney for 70 years.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 08:19 pm
[livejournal.com profile] linneasr asked me about Asim in the previous meme and the response is too long to fit in a comment.  So, if you aren't interested, you can just move along.

I don't ship him with anyone but Asim does like dark chocolate )
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Monday, April 16th, 2012 10:17 pm
So, the whopping (and I do mean whopping) Chapter 15 is up.  I thought of splitting it, but once you read it, I think you'll see why I didn't.  No historical notes, really.  It pretty much speaks for itself.

The first 4,000 words of Chapter 15 (with a notable exception in the first couple of paragraphs) repeats Chapter 1 of Rat and Sword Go To War.  Then, it goes off in a different direction.   I had really wanted to get this chapter up before Rat and Sword as they are so closely aligned and this is how I'd intended it -- the AW update first and then Rat and Sword.  I'll start posting Rat and Sword later in the week on ff.net so they can all be read together in one place.

I'll take this opportunity to signal boost the writers and artists of the Narnia Big Bang stories. They are wonderful and please check them out.  Every one is a wonderful, original contribution.  I've so enjoyed them all and tomorrow is the last one!  A huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] snacky for running a wonderful Big Bang and to [livejournal.com profile] heverus for my beautiful art.

Also, REMIX.  I didn't do the official one, but [livejournal.com profile] musesfool has open season Remix Madness 2012!  Post if you are willing to have your stories Remixed and then pick a story from those who have signed up!  No word limit!  No assignments!  No pressure! (and if you've ever had the urge to fix anything I've done, HAVE AT IT).  I have signed up and I noticed that [livejournal.com profile] snacky [livejournal.com profile] edenfalling [livejournal.com profile] therck and [livejournal.com profile] vialethe have as well as others whose work I know and love. 

Errr, right, signing off now and it's what you were expecting.  I think this fleshes out a lot of Rat and Sword, plus stands on its own.
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 10:17 am
So happy Tuesday after Happy Cat Sacrifice Day! By whose authority am I back and work?

Easter dinner for 20 was fabulous though I'll assume my jet lagged state was responsible for the gross over-estimation of food (coupled with my epic failure at  math). I also had to prepare for 2 readings at the church’s Easter Vigil mass (Moses parting the Red Sea, and all of Pharaoh’s army, his chariots and charioteers and something from the book of Ezekiel I didn’t like much).

[livejournal.com profile] econopodder made awesome carrots (gingery and yummy) and salad and [livejournal.com profile] knitress brought massive quantities of cheese and garlic bread and we had 5 desserts. The kids began a gigonormous water fight battle and now there are plastic bottles, nerf guns, and sleds (used as shields) all over the yard. I had jelly beans and the last of my Firenze biscotti for breakfast.

I have been frantically checking for any comment on Rat and Sword. Why yes, I am obsessed. I never sleep well after a posting.

Why am I at work again?

A few more rambling bits of navel gazing about Rat and Sword. Just move along if you aren't interested.

Rambling about rat and sword )
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Sunday, April 8th, 2012 01:31 pm
Happy Easter!  Or, Happy Cat Sacrifice Day! (based upon a badly translated t-shirt [livejournal.com profile] econopodder spotted abroad a few years ago). 

Should you be so inclined the story is up, Rat and Sword Go To War.  Once all the Big Bang stories are up, I'll post it on FF and AO3.  Also, I'm very close to posting a companion chapter to AW.  Look for that in a few days.

[livejournal.com profile] heverus did the art, here and it is amazing.  It has the map of the area in question of the story in the background and two very important items in the story, the Horsa glider and the Little Joe crossbow.  It is wonderful and I'm so grateful that she picked up and worked in these two elements of the story. 

A huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] autumnia for a brutal round and round and round on the beta.  [livejournal.com profile] amine_eyes, Clio and [livejournal.com profile] snacky have all been so helpful and a huge thanks to the NBB mods.  Thank you to Clio and [info]lotl101 for the assistance with WC Tebbitt’s poetry.

A few additional research notes are below, and spoiler heavy. 

Links, pictures, research and commentary ahoy! )
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Sunday, April 1st, 2012 04:05 pm

Gelateria del TeatroGelateria del Teatro Dinner in Rome
Want to buy an elephant?Want to buy an elephant? Elephant mosaic from Ostia Antica -- hawkers in the commercial part of the town of Ostia would sell you an elephant.  This was their advertising.
Cupid and PsycheCupid and Psyche Art work in the home of a wealthy citizen of Ostia
PanPan This column was near a fountain and shows the god, Pan
Mithras slaying the bullMithras slaying the bull Given my TSG wanderings into the origins of Christmas, learning more today about the cult of Mithras and his "birthday" on December 25 and the relationship between this worship and early Christianity was fascinating. Our guide was terrific on how much early Christians co-opted other belief systems and how the Christian system was different from Roman and Jewish beliefs and why it caused so much conflict. 

I am also happy to report it is very quiet this evening. YEAH!
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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 08:57 am
[livejournal.com profile] autumnia continues the thankless task and yeoman's effort of the never-ending edits and beta for the Narnia Big Bang, now at 55,500 words, plus introduction, glossary, cast of characters, and notes.   In our most recent exchange, we were trying to remember what, over the last 3 years and so many words, should be mentioned in Rat and Sword, Susan and Peter, going to war. We came up with the following:

  • The fate of Captain David Lowrey after the Dieppe Raid
  • The knife Asim loaned to Peter on the Oxford train platform
  • The Hierophant

Is there anything else you can think of? If so, drop a line!  At my age, memory is not what it was.

It's funny to post this as the first 3 chapters of TSG Part 1 went up 3 years ago today. Chapter 1 got one review, from [livejournal.com profile] ilysia_039. By chapter 3, I'd picked up [livejournal.com profile] autumnia, miniver and Doewe. Sniff. It makes me all mushy and sentimental and ever so grateful.
  • Chapter 1 - Digs, In which Digory receives an Alarming Invitation
  • Chapter 2 –Tetchy, In which there are Alarming Introductions and Peter mistakenly mentions King Kong
  • Chapter 3 -Tea and Sympathy, In which Peter starts an argument about camels and there is Inappropriate Conversation
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 09:52 am
So, I followed a link of [livejournal.com profile] cofax7 to a post by sara about the OTW elections and then to the comments where it was reflected that when fandom friends are feeling low, one sends porn, but this left a problem with Real Life friends. What do you send them when they feel low? We do not send porn to our next door neighbor whose SUV got totaled in the car pool line or our executive assistant whose Nalgene water bottle spilled all over her netbook and night school notes on the Metro. The answer for these RL woes is pound cake. I feel this is a profound observation on a scale with the answer to the meaning of life being 42.  We need icons and banners reflecting this profundity:  Life’s got me down, please send porn. Or pound cake.  Not to say that I need either, at the moment, though I would never say no to gift pics or fic or pound cake.  or Heath bars.

Anyway, moving on. Writing continues, with me sorta scratching my head with how to have Peter meet Jill without merely re-treading the beginning of TQSiT (any thoughts appreciated). Also [livejournal.com profile] l_a_r_m on  toomuchtebbitt continues to have new pretty pictures (British embassy in black and white most recently) and I do the odd bit of pic fic on Tumblr.  [livejournal.com profile] metonomia reblogged this from Old World:

(Source: old world
and she then added wonderfully:
Very technically I understand that this is the Flight to Egypt, but we’re going to go ahead and pretend it’s Mary and Richard Russell (and their stalwart donkey friend, who likes to chew Mary’s coattails but that’s okay, she doesn’t mind), or maybe Mary and Asim, lost in the desert, though they’d never admit it.

To which I added:
They are not lost. They never are lost though they do wander, as Mary is fond of saying. At night, Asim sees a vision of a girl, sometimes blonde, sometimes red-haired, but always glowing with the God-light. She sits between the paws of a great Lion. "Some day, I shall meet her," Asim says. "Some day."

And we have fic! Filling in the gaps – written for the awesome [livejournal.com profile] snacky for her birthday.  By way of background, Peter and Susan partake of the The Great Bonding and, among other things, meet Dalia and Lambert on the hunt in I love not man the less.  In The Palace Guard, there is an assassination attempt, which results in the formation of the Guard. The black Panther, Wrasse, assumes temporary guard of Peter.

Filling in the gaps for [livejournal.com profile] snacky
About 2,000 words
Rated T
For the second, Prince Caspian, part, it’s a bit of Peter/Caspian, if you squint with slash goggles on.

Birthday fic, Filling In the Gaps )
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 04:19 pm
Seriously, this trying time period can stop right now. Any time. Like now.

But Keep Calm and Carry On as the War Office exhorted. I've been forcing myself to (re-)outline and have found the following to be, while not exactly motivating, at least inspiring.
Pretty pictures! Christmas 1942! )
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Friday, September 23rd, 2011 08:04 pm
For [livejournal.com profile] lady_songsmith who asked for this: Polly, Mary, South America, and the time all the books but one got soaked.


Three pairs of eyes peered over the edge of the dugout canoe into the murky depths of the Amazon.

Polly blew out an aggravated breath. “And I suppose that all your examination textbooks Digory gave you were in that bag now sinking to the bottom of the second largest river in the world?”

“I’m afraid so,” Mary replied airily. “The Latin and Greek, the religion, and the philosophy.”

“The only thing that did not fall in is Gadow’s Amphibia and Reptiles, Asim added.

“That is a stroke of luck, what?”

Polly vowed she was never traveling again with a seventeen year old girl. If she wanted further demonstration of the merits of relationships only with women, and rigorous use of contraception when with men, here it was in the boat next to her.

“What do you think, Asim?” Polly asked.

“I think I am more comfortable swimming with the fauna of Africa than South America.”

“Mary? What’s down there if I push you in to retrieve your bookbag?”

“Well, there is Eunectes murinus of course.”

Asim looked at Polly and she whispered, “Green Anaconda.”

“Largest snake in the world. There’s also Melanosuchus niger.”

“That’s a…”

“I know,” Asim said wearily. “It’s some kind of crocodile.”

“I wonder…” Mary leaned precariously over the side of the boat and stuck her fingers into a small school of circling fish. The fish rushed at her appetizing appendage.

“Ha! I thought so!” Mary exclaimed, yanking her fingers out. “Pygocentrus nattereri!!” She waggled her fingers – one was bleeding.

That did it.

“Asim, start the engine,” Polly said, utterly exasperated. Tempting as it was to shove Mary in, Polly really couldn’t blame her. The red piranhas of the Amazon were welcome to Digory’s fourth best copy of the Virgil’s Aeneid and Duns Scotus’ Questions on Metaphysics.
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Friday, March 25th, 2011 07:19 am
Go, now and read about Morgan, the Cub, Jalur, and Aslan.  It's all [livejournal.com profile] anastigmatfic  who did the fabulous photos manips and the one of Morgan wearing the Lion broach t hat caused so much commentary.  Her take on what happens after Acceptance of the Terms is HERE.  Deny the Child
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Friday, March 11th, 2011 04:03 pm
I feel a little odd posting this except maybe it will help lighten for a moment a grim mood that afflicts all of us who feel part of the global community as we watch the videos from Japan that should be from a horror film but are not. 

For [livejournal.com profile] autumnia 

Kwong Li is a bad Buddhist. )
As I had 3 requests for Aravis, I'm writing something longer.  I'll post that later.